It’s hard not to read this book and not think about how immigration reform is in the news lately. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the majority of us have ancestors who were once immigrants or refugees. For hundreds of years, America has been a beacon of hope for others around the world as they dream of a better life.
Chung is a remarkable story teller. He does an excellent job of explaining Vietmanese/Chinese culture to his readers. The rules if their culture might not make sense to American readers, but it is what kept the family alive.
One of the most inspiring topics in this book is the subject of faith. The Chungs were one of the first families rescued by World Vision, a Christian humanitarian charity. While on the rescue boat, Vinh ‘ s father listens to a sermon on Christ and begins to accept Him as his savior. The entire family comes to believe that without Jesus they would have never been rescued. Chung remarks on his faith and his family’s faith throughout the book.